July 4, 2014

Week in Review: Cannabis Firms Lure Notable Names + Lessons in MA & Washington on Runway

By Chris Walsh A former state governor and an ex-Monsanto executive enter the medical marijuana industry, Massachusetts cannabis entrepreneurs learn some tough lessons and Washington prepares for the start of [click to continue...]

July 2, 2014

Elimination of 9 Dispensary Applicants in MA to Ripple Across State’s MMJ Industry

By Fred Dreier Massachusetts dropped a bombshell on the state’s medical marijuana industry last week by eliminating nine of the 20 groups that won provisional approval for dispensary licenses, citing [click to continue...]

June 30, 2014

Cannabis Real Estate Investing: Q&A With Bill Gottlieb and Jake Schrader of Articulated Investors

By Fred Dreier Investors are flocking to the cannabis sector in record numbers as the risk of federal prosecution ebbs and business opportunities grow. But they aren’t just pumping money [click to continue...]

June 27, 2014

Week in Review: An Ugly Business Breakup + Big Pharma Coming & What to Watch in Washington

By Chris Walsh A blockbuster business deal goes up in smoke, an industry leader discusses Big Pharma’s interest in medical cannabis and Washington gears up for a historic day. Here’s [click to continue...]

June 25, 2014

Moving Day: Tips for Medical Cannabis Dispensaries Forced to Relocate

By Fred Dreier Forced relocation has become a reality for many dispensary owners in the past few years. In some cases, skittish landlords have booted cannabis tenants because of pressure [click to continue...]

June 23, 2014

Guest Column: Answers to Common Questions About Cannabis Testing

By Matt Walstatter As the cannabis industry continues to mature and new states adopt marijuana legislation, the topic of laboratory testing is arising with increasing frequency. Many markets now require [click to continue...]

June 20, 2014

Week in Review: New Market in New York + Unorganized Crackdown in LA & Telling Crime Stats

By Chris Walsh New York finally goes green, a development highlights how unorganized the Los Angeles dispensary crackdown has been and crime stats show that fears over recreational cannabis are [click to continue...]

June 18, 2014

Florida Entrepreneurs Taking Leap of Faith on MMJ Legalization, but Some Hedging Their Business Bets

By Fred Dreier Florida is months away from voting on a measure to legalize medical marijuana, but entrepreneurs are already spending big bucks to start cannabis businesses. Some have purchased expensive [click to continue...]

June 16, 2014

Building a National Edibles Brand: Q&A With G FarmaLabs Founder Ata Gonzalez

By Fred Dreier Ata Gonzalez has lofty ambitions for G FarmaLabs, the edibles company he founded late last year with his wife. His goal: develop a national brand by selling [click to continue...]

June 13, 2014

Week in Review: How Not to Advertise a Cannabis Business + Hershey Lawsuit & Roller Coaster in NY

By Chris Walsh A cannabis company employs a controversial advertising tactic, a lawsuit shows that the mainstream corporate world is finally taking marijuana seriously and an MMJ legalization bill advances [click to continue...]

June 11, 2014

Battling Back: Advice for Challenging Cannabis Licensing Lotteries, Application Processes

By Fred Dreier A growing number of states are implementing strict cannabis laws that limit the number of marijuana businesses, using lotteries or complex scoring systems to determine who gets [click to continue...]

June 9, 2014

Guest Column: Robbery Prevention in the Cannabis Industry Rooted in Customer Service

By Tony Gallo In Colorado, thieves have used everything from bear spray to circular saws to rob cannabis stores in recent months. In California, dispensaries have been the targets of [click to continue...]

Young Voters Could Make or Break Legalization Measures

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The success of several marijuana measures on the ballot next week could ultimately hinge on [click to continue...]

Estimate: Legal Rec Sales in DC Could Create $130M Market

The cannabis market in Washington DC could top $130 million annually if the city legalizes [click to continue...]

67 Warnings, Penalties for MJ Violations in Washington

When it comes to recreational marijuana, enforcement of the law is no laughing matter for [click to continue...]

Oregon Rec Legalization a Coin Flip

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Recreational marijuana could be a nail-biter in Oregon on Election Day. A poll released this [click to continue...]

Chile Plants First Medical Cannabis Crop

The first legal medical marijuana plants were seeded in Chile on Wednesday as part of [click to continue...]

Maryland Delays Vote on MMJ Regs, Plans to Lower Fees

A Maryland commission postponed a final vote on medical marijuana regulations, saying the 15-member panel [click to continue...]

Super-Potent Strain a Top Seller in WA

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High-potency strains are a big hit with customers in Washington State’s new recreational market, it [click to continue...]

CO Company Sues Shareholder Over Trading Halt

A publicly traded cannabis company has filed suit against a major shareholder, alleging he caused [click to continue...]

Expert: Liability Lawsuits Next Challenge for Edibles Companies

A Seattle attorney warned hundreds of industry insiders at a business conference on Tuesday that [click to continue...]

‘Very Large’ Raid Operation Targets Denver Cultivation Sites

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Police officers and federal agents raided multiple marijuana growing operations in Denver on Tuesday, saying [click to continue...]

Former FBI Official Joins Cannabis Company’s Board

Medbox Inc., a publicly traded software and consulting firm that makes marijuana dispensing machines, has [click to continue...]

NM Marijuana Grower Loses Bid to Reopen Licensing Process

Mark Springer really wants to grow medical marijuana in New Mexico. So much so that [click to continue...]

Florida MMJ Campaign Tells TV Stations to Pull Ad

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The group behind Florida’s medical marijuana ballot measure has sent a cease-and-desist letter to local [click to continue...]

Group With Ties to Koch Brothers Promotes Marijuana Candidate

A candidate in the North Carolina U.S. Senate race is getting some help from an [click to continue...]